Top 4 Data Governance & MDM Conferences for 2017

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As a Data Governance and Stewardship solutions company, we attend many different conferences focused on Data Management, Information Governance, Master Data Management (MDM), Business Intelligence (BI), Enterprise Information Management (EIM) and Digital Transformation. Deciding on which conferences to attend can be difficult with so many different options to choose from. We recommend these four conferences based on our experiences:

 

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1. SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference
Orlando, Florida | May 16-18, 2017

The Sapphire NOW & ASUG Annual Conference is great for any IT professional or business user that is currently using or is interested in using SAP tools. You will get the opportunity to learn about important SAP solutions, SAP partners, and real-world best practices.

View our recap video & blog from the 2016 SAPPHIRE event here!

  • Focus: Different lines of business and IT decision makers from large enterprises and small to medium sized organizations across all process, technology, and industry areas.  
  • Size: Roughly 30,000 attendees
  • Structure: Celebrity keynotes, expert-led sessions, SAP partner demos and customer stories
  • Recommendations:
    • This event is pricey so save costs by registering at early bird rates and booking your hotel early.
    • Plan ahead. With so much to do and see, you’ll want to take a look at the agenda ahead of time and plan your days out.
    • Don't leave early! For the last night of the conference, SAPPHIRE NOW hosts a concert with big time artists. Last year’s concert featured Coldplay and a spectacular light show.

2. Data Governance Winter Conference

Delray Beach, FL | Nov (TBD)
  • Focus: The “Hot-Tos” of starting a data governance and stewardship program

  • Size: 200-300 attendees

  • Structure: 
    • Interactive tutorials and workshops
    • Real world case studies
    • 2 Day Data Stewardship Seminar
    • 2 Day Seminar on Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information
  • Recommendations:
    • Bring your swim suit and water wings! This is near the beach so try to come a day early or stay the weekend to enjoy the water, sand, and sunshine.
  • 2016 DATUM Presentation:
    • How to Stop Spending Your Day Fighting Data Fires and Start Adding Value
      • Cam Ogden, DATUM


3. Data Governance & Information Quality Conference (DGIQ)
San Diego, CA | June 12-16, 2017

  • Focus: Practical approaches and success stories for starting and attaining maturity for your data governance and information quality program

  • Size: 450-550 attendees

  • Structure: 
    • Interactive tutorials and workshops
    • Real world case studies
    • 2 Day Data Stewardship Seminar
    • 2 Day Seminar on Data Governance & Data Quality Practice tools
  • Recommendations:
    • This event is also held near the beach so try to come a day early or stay the weekend to enjoy the water, sand, and sunshine.

  • 2016 DATUM & Customer Presentations:
    • How to Establish Information Leadership for the Digital Enterprise
      • Will Crump, DATUM

4. ASUG Data Governance Community Meetings


These small, interactive meetings are great for building professional relationships and sharing knowledge on SAP tools. Between the ASUG chapter meetings and Special Interest Groups (SIG), you’ll have many different events to choose from that best fit your needs.

  • Focus: Anyone who uses or is interested in using SAP tools
    • ASUG Chapter Meetings: 38 regional communities across U.S. and Canada.
    • Special Interest Groups (SIG): Focused on specific SAP products or service areas.
  • Size: Small venue that's personal and interactive
  • Structure
    • One day events
    • Peer-to-peer learning and networking
  • Recommendations
    • Register with ASUG to begin attending events.
    • Don’t forget about our Annual DATUM User Group meeting! It is held right after the ASUG Data Governance SIG conference and gives you an opportunity to network with data leaders and ask questions.
  • Last Year's DATUM & Customer Presentations:
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